Announcing our Artistic Alchemy Retreat 2016

We have exciting news! Christine, Heidi and Sandra wish to announce the addition of Mary Boalt to Artistic Alchemy. You may have been introduced to her briefly as our Artist-in-Residence last year at Zephyr, or by her first blog post last week. We are over-the-moon happy, as Mary brings wonderful skills and creativity to our group, and they dove-tail perfectly with the three of us. If you do not know about Mary, you’re in for a treat. Welcome, Mary!

B Mary cute

We’re also delighted to announce the workshops for our 2016 Artistic Alchemy Retreat, September 5-9. Many of you have been asking about it, and all the info you need is now available via the link above. Please read carefully the description and supply list for the workshop you’re interested in, and let us know if you have questions. Class size is limited and spaces are reserved by deposits taken. We welcome Open Studio students as well. Here are brief descriptions of our workshops:

A portion of a Japanese X Plus block in Kaffe Fassett prints

A portion of a Japanese X Plus block in Kaffe Fassett prints

Christine Barnes: Color is a delight—and a challenge—for every quilter. Come learn how to conquer color in Christine’s new workshop, “It’s All About Color!” Mock-block exercises acquaint students with three simple concepts and the color wheel (an amazing tool for quilters). You’ll then put the theory to work in a quilt project using one of Christine’s designs or your own pattern.  All levels, all styles, though the emphasis will be on modern fabrics used in both modern and traditional quilt designs. Lots of individual attention from Christine and class critique of every exercise will leave you with a new understanding and love of color.



Rosemary’s bear project from the Zephyr 2015 Retreat

Sandra Bruce: Back by popular demand is Material Matrix. If you have taken my class in a guild or a shop class setting, or have seen my work and want to try you own image using my technique, this is your chance. (Heads up: my 2017 workshop will most likely be polymer and not Matrix.) This workshop is for intermediate to advanced sewers. Come learn something completely different and challenge yourself to a new technique.


IMG_20150409_160828Heidi Emmett: “Off the Grid Vest” is what we will be making in my wearable art workshop. Last year’s students were so successful! I can’t wait to show you how easy it really is to create your very own Art to Wear piece that will be a showstopper every time you put it on. This workshop is perfect for advanced beginners on up.


IMG_1521Mary Boalt: “Painting on Canvas & Painting on Steam-a-Seam” is for those who have no painting skills but want to produce a work of art. We will be layering paint, stencils, stamps, and hand applied details on canvas. You can choose how to use your canvas when you return home—will it be a wall hanging, a floor cloth or, like me, cut up and made into a one-of-a-kind tote or purse? Painting on Steam-a-Seam will show you how to raise your embellishment techniques to a new level of beauty and sophistication. These techniques are useful for clothing, quilts, wall hangings, purses, pouches and any number of gift items.

We hope we have piqued your interest and opened your eyes to the creative possibilities of our 2016 Retreat. Click here to be taken to the Workshops page, where you can download the registration form and see the fees and accommodation options. We’d love to have you join us at Zephyr this September—we can hardly wait!




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